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    Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values

Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values

Pippa Norris explains how generation gaps divide the electorate and mainstream parties. She writes that, while the EU referendum is a prime example of how these divisions play out in the UK, the changing nature of electoral cleavages raises important questions about politics and party competition in Western democracies more generally.

The Brexit decision shocked Britain’s image of itself, and […]

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    The integrity of UK elections is damaged by disproportionality, voter registration procedures and media coverage

The integrity of UK elections is damaged by disproportionality, voter registration procedures and media coverage

The UK performs poorly when it comes to issues of electoral integrity, lagging behind European neighbours but does particularly poorly when compared with Scandinavia – which, as is the case in many fields, thoroughly outperforms Britain. Here, Pippa Norris looks at the reasons why, pointing to voter registration procedures, electoral laws, media coverage, constituency boundaries, and the counting and results […]

Lessons for the UK in electoral integrity

When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity? What happens when elections fail to do so? And what can be done to mitigate these problems? The Electoral Integrity Project aims to answer these questions, and in this post, the project’s director Pippa Norris maps out the integrity of elections across the world over the past two years. 

Issues about the integrity of UK elections […]

February 23rd, 2015|Featured, Pippa Norris|0 Comments|

Lack of women at Westminster

The glacial pace of change in improving women’s representation in Parliament and British government has provoked some of the first substantial controversy querying what’s really changed in the coalition government’s ‘new style of politics’. Pippa Norris reviews the evidence of the UK’s lagging efforts to combat gender inequality in political life.

Now that the dust has settled after […]

Why the Cameron-Clegg coalition will be a shock to both Tory and Liberal Democrat voters

There has been intensive speculation about how Conservative and Liberal Democrat voters will react to the coalition government cemented in their name. Pippa Norris of Harvard University has the first stunning data, showing that in 2010 Tories predominantly put the far right parties as their second preference, and Liberal Democrat voters predominantly wanted Labour as their second choice.

Coalition politics […]